A draft law reportedly agreed to by all German ministers would make the decision of whether to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops a joint decision by Germany’s federal and state governments in the future. In March of last year, the European Union cleared the way for approval of new GMO crops but gave individual countries the right to ban GMO crops even after they have been approved. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that in September of 2015, Germany told the EU it would not permit the cultivation of GMO crops. However, there has been disagreement whether the ban should be undertaken by federal or state authorities. Government sources say the draft law will now be discussed with the states and industry associations before it is likely to go to the Cabinet of Germany, the chief executive body of Germany, next month.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.